When a loved one passes away there's work to be done on their behalf. Family, friends and other key stakeholders must go about dividing up all the assets and possessions that the deceased accumulated over their lifetime. That process is made exponentially easier if...
How divorce impacts the probate process
On Behalf of Monika Blacha | Apr 19, 2022 | Divorce, Estate Administration/Probate, Estate Planning
When going through a divorce, wills and estate planning may not be high on your list of matters to address. However, you may wish to make changes to what your ex-spouse will inherit after you pass. When getting a divorce, the decisions you make regarding your will can...
Key factors to consider in a gray divorce
On Behalf of Monika Blacha | Feb 28, 2022 | Divorce, Estate Administration
If your marriage breaks apart when you already have grown-up kids or are nearing retirement, there are unique challenges that you will face. There are several important aspects of your life that you should secure. It is also important to make sure your rights are...
What happens when a spouse is excluded in an Illinois will?
On Behalf of Monika Blacha | Aug 27, 2021 | Estate Administration, Estate Planning, Family Law
Marriage is one of the most significant commitments two people can make to each other. This is why the passing of a spouse is so difficult, regardless of whether the two individuals were still married, cordially acquainted, or estranged. Therefore, an omission from...
The Illinois probate process
On Behalf of Monika Blacha | Jun 3, 2021 | Estate Administration/Probate
Probate is a court-supervised process that aids in distributing, sorting, and administering the deceased estate to the designated beneficiaries or heirs. Typically, the deceased person's property is transferred to the beneficiary named in his or her last will. If the...
Key constraints in the Illinois probate process
On Behalf of Monika Blacha | Apr 28, 2021 | Estate Administration/Probate
Going through probate is a legal process that has filing deadlines and other constraints. We will cover some of the most crucial deadlines and facts to remember when proceeding through the probate process. Constraints for mandatory probate filing Most wills do not...
Should I challenge my parents’ will?
On Behalf of Monika Blacha | Oct 29, 2020 | Estate Administration, Estate Administration/Probate
When your parents get older, they become more vulnerable. More vulnerable to scams, to those looking to defraud them of money and to those wanting to influence their financial decisions. When your parent dies, you may discover that your mom changed her will: to give...
Do I need to protect my assets with long-term care insurance?
On Behalf of Monika Blacha | Sep 18, 2020 | Estate Administration
You worked hard all your life. You scrimped and saved and were looking forward to helping your children after you were gone. You worked with an estate planner and got your affairs in order. But is there one crucial piece of the puzzle you are missing? When the...
What are the responsibilities of the executor of an estate?
On Behalf of Monika Blacha | Jul 13, 2020 | Estate Administration
Being named the executor of someone’s estate can be a huge honor. It can mean that your loved one trusted you enough to have you be the person to handle their final affairs.However, serving as an executor can also be a huge undertaking. As the executor, you are...
What happens when someone passes without a will?
On Behalf of Monika Blacha | Apr 9, 2020 | Estate Administration
When a person passes away, survivors are often left to sort out the deceased's affairs. If the deceased was able to leave behind a comprehensive estate plan and/or will, this process is generally easier for their descendants. However, there are many instances where...
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